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Manchester Tank Products Spotted at Quick Lube in Bedford, Indiana

It’s common to spot a Manchester Tank 20 lb. LP Gas Grill Cylinder because they are a product widely used on propane grills. Tony Patton, Engineering Services Manager at Manchester Tank (MTE) Bedford spotted this pair of Manchester Tank 420 lb. Steel DOT Vertical LP Gas Cylinders in service at the Quick Lube in Bedford, Indiana. They were manufactured at MTE’s Petersburg, Virginia facility.  Today, these cylinders are manufactured at the Manchester Tank facility located in Quincy, Illinois.

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Manchester Tank Quincy Donates Equipment for Confined Space Rescues to Local Fire Department

MTQ Confined Space Equipment DonationThe number one priority at Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, Illinois (MTQ), is the safety of all of its team members. So when the Tri Township Fire Department asked MTQ to help purchase equipment for use during confined space rescues, they were more than happy to help out. MTQ has 75 confined space locations on their property. The self-contained breathing apparatus system that the fire department purchased will provide oxygen for two firemen for around an hour during a confined space rescue.

On December 3, MTQ EHS Manager Rick Nesbit presented a check for $1,750 to Tri Township Fire Chief Rick Zaerr.

This is just one of the ways that McWane is paying it forward in the communities where our team members live and work.

And the winners of the 2014 ErgoCup Competition are . . .

Some of the Ergo Cup Judges

Judges (L to R): Dan Copeland, Pat Tyson, Matt Hollub, and Cladiu Lungu

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 ErgoCup Competition:

  • First Place: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy, Illinois:
    • MTQ designed a vessel hanging device which resulted in a quicker and ergonomically better way to attach/detach tanks during the manufacturing process.
  • 1st Runner Up: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana:
    • MTE designed a new shipping container loose loader which resulted in ergonomic improvements, risk reduction, reduction in labor costs and lower shipping fees.
  • Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction): Bibby Ste. Croix, Québec
    • BSC designed a motorized grinding table that eliminated the movement required and improved the work posture of team members during the process.
  • Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project): Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Bedford, Indiana
    • MTB built a custom flange rotating device to handle blind flanges in excess of 300 lbs. to prevent ergonomic injuries and improve manufacturing efficiency.

The judges for this year’s competition (pictured above) were Dan Copeland, Pat Tyson, Matt Hollub, and Claudiu Lungu.

“At the end of each year’s competition it leaves me thinking how could we possibly improve on this? But each year they do! The dedication to continuous improvement by those who participate in the McWane ErgoCup is truly fantastic,” said Fred Simpson, Corporate Industrial Hygienist who coordinates and leads the ErgoCup competition every year. “This competition is a great example of creativity, team work, and enthusiasm that has turned out a lot of great products which have significantly reduced the risk of injuries to our McWane team members.”

Congratulations to all the facilities and team members who participated in this year’s competition. With your hard work, our work environments are now safer – and not just for the facilities that developed the solutions. The project explanations and videos are all posted on the McWane intranet ErgoCup site and are available for viewing by all McWane facilities.

This year, let’s see how many good ideas developed by one facility can be duplicated at another! After all, that is what safety R&D is all about – rip-off and duplicate for the good of everyone!

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates New Safety Record

MTQ New Safety RecordThe Manchester Tank Quincy Team held a Safety Celebration on Friday, June 20, to celebrate 90 days without a recordable injury. To celebrate they held a cookout for 320 team members on two shifts. This is a new safety record for MTE Quincy! The old record was 79 days.

The MTE Quincy team received the following accolades:

Robert M. Graumann, Manchester Tank President: “Congrats again to all of the MTE operational and safety leaders – no recordable injuries in May is a fantastic accomplishment.”

Jeet Radia, McWane Senior Vice President/EHS & HR: “Congratulations to the team that worked to reduce injury rates at MTQ so dramatically. I know this was a team effort that required unrelenting focus and attention as well as hard work at all levels. The results pretty much speak for themselves.”

Barb Wisniewski, McWane Vice President Health & Safety: “Great Job everyone! What a difference a few years of concerted effort can make! Thank you for making this huge difference in our team member’s daily lives.”

Bryan Hoggan, McWane Assistant Vice President of Health & Safety: “Congratulations on the strong performance. I appreciate your efforts to keep the focus and drive better performance.”

Tom Schilson, MTE VP of North America Operations: “Great stuff! Thank you everyone! Everyone’s efforts have made Quincy a safer and better work place.”

Congrats Team!